Toronto Maple Leafs: Who’s on this team?

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Who’s on this team?


The official training camp roster will be released tomorrow, but unless there are new PTOs there won’t be any new surprises. The old surprises of a summer that shouldn’t be over are enough, however.

departures

The Maple Leafs have passed:

  • Frederick Andersen – Caroline
  • David Rittich – Nashville
  • Zach Bogosian – Tampa Bay
  • Ben Hutton – Unsigned
  • Mikko Lehtonen – Colomb
  • Kenny Agostino – Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, KHL
  • Alexandre Barabanov – Saint Joseph
  • Travis Boyd – Arizona
  • Nick Foligno – Boston
  • Alex Galchenyuk – Unsigned
  • Zach Hyman – Edmonton
  • Riley Nash – Winnipeg
  • Stefan Noesen – Caroline
  • Nic Petan – Vancouver
  • Scott Sabourin – Ottawa
  • Joe Thornton – Floride
  • Jimmy Vesey – PTO in New Jersey

Formerly under contract with the NHL and missing from the Marlies / Taxi Squad are:

  • Vin Vehviläinen – Bynäs, SHL
  • Martin Marincin – Ocelari Trinec, Czech League
  • Calle Rosen – St. Louis

A very long list of players under contract in the AHL has also disappeared.

Old friends and newcomers

There are a lot of new faces on the Maple Leafs – a little more than is strictly necessary – and also a lot of new Marlies. The Newfoundland Growlers, who didn’t play last year, are back in action, so the AHL ranks will free up space by sending players to the ECHL. The Growlers / Marlies have a signed goalie between them, so at least one NHL goalie will be heading east.

For today, the focus will be on players under contract with the NHL.

Goalkeepers

The returnees are:

  • Jack Campbell
  • Joe Woll
  • Ian Scott
  • Michel Hutchinson

The additions are:

  • Petr Mrázek
  • Erik Källgren

Campbell and Mrázek will be your tandem in the NHL, with Hutchinson, Woll and maybe Källgren in the AHL. Scott and Keith Petruzzeli, under contract in the AHL, are expected to meet in the ECHL. Goalkeepers are the easiest to sort out. Hutchinson may be at the point in his career where he won’t be hit on waivers, and all that angst will be a thing of the past.

Defense

Back:

  • Jake Muzzin
  • Morgan Rielly
  • TJ Brodie
  • Justin Holl
  • Travis Dermott
  • Rasmus Sandin
  • Timothée Liljegren
  • Philip the King
  • Mac Hollowell
  • Kristians Rubins
  • Joe Duszak
  • Teemu Kivihalme

New guys:

  • Alex court
  • Carl Dahlström
  • Brennan Menell

Someone must have told the Leafs you can’t have too many defensemen. You probably can, and it seems too much at first. Draw a line under Rasmus Sandin and assume the rest will be classified in the Marlies / Growlers ranks. There are six other defenders under contract in the AHL and one in the ECHL, for a total of 22 players for three teams. Suddenly that seems like a more reasonable number.

Some of the players under contract with the NHL could end up in the ECHL again. In 2019-20, the Leafs sent Hollowell and Duszak east for some ice time.

Before

The usual suspects:

  • Auston Matthews
  • Jean Tavares
  • Mitch Marner
  • Guillaume Nylander
  • Alexandre Kerfoot
  • Ilya Mikheev
  • Pierre Envall
  • Wayne Simmonds
  • Jason Spezza
  • Adam Brooks
  • Nick Robertson
  • Joey Anderson
  • Mikhail Abramov
  • Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
  • Rodion Amiron – loaned to the KHL
  • Pontus Holmberg – loaned to SHL

The new faces:

  • Nick Ritchie
  • David Kämpf
  • Ondrej Kase
  • Michael Bunting
  • Kurtis Gabriel
  • Pavel Gogolev
  • Alex Steeves
  • Kirill Semionov
  • Michel Amadio
  • Brett Seney

PTOS :

  • Nikita Gusev
  • Josué Ho-Sang

That’s 24 forwards signed into deals with the NHL that won’t be loaned to other teams. The Marlies have 12 more and the Growlers have six more. Most attackers under contract with AHL can be in ECHL at least part of the time. But there’s a lot more than one or two forwards to take out of the NHL roster.

On the first list, draw the line above Adam Brooks and assume everyone below that line will be cut off. Brooks could stay because his cap is lower than his salary, but it’s hard to imagine anyone else on the roster outside of the camp no matter how good Nick Robertson is. In the category of new faces, the line passes for the moment under Kämpf, the health of Ondrej Kase remaining a mystery. The other big question is Kirill Semyonov, who has a KHL in his contract, so he could be a Leaf or nothing, it’s up to him.

Good pros Amadio and Seney will round out the AHL and hope for callbacks, and while Alex Steeves looked interesting in Traverse City before he was injured, he’s not ready for the NHL.

The two question marks are Gabriel and Bunting. While many people assume Bunting is a lock, even for the first six he has never played a full season in the NHL, has 26 NHL games under his belt and the numbers (roster size or ceiling) are not in his favor. That’s double for Gabriel, who will most likely spend his pre-season time making his mark in exhibition games, and his season in the AHL. Add Gusev to the mix, and there’s a small group of forwards who need to make a solid case for a place in the roster at training camp.

Someone is still getting injured in the preseason, and October 12 is a long way off right now, so these issues have a way to be resolved. But what seemed to be too deep at first feels more like a competition to find a player who is not just deep, but who is something more under a million dollars.

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